Our Family Genealogy Pages

Home Page  |  What's New  |  Photos  |  Histories  |  Headstones  |  Reports  |  Surnames
Search
First Name:


Last Name:



Elder William Brewster

Elder William Brewster

Male Abt 1566 - 1644  (~ 78 years)

Personal Information    |    Media    |    Notes    |    Event Map    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name William Brewster 
    Prefix Elder 
    Born Abt 1566  Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    AFN 8J0Z-HX 
    Died 10 Apr 1644  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 13 Apr 1644  Burial Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Initiatory (LDS) 7 Sep 1894  SGEOR Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _FSFTID LTVK-45C 
    _UID 8A7C32BCC4D8D41197D900400542377E2132 
    Headstones Submit Headstone Photo Submit Headstone Photo 
    Person ID I1079  mytree
    Last Modified 27 Feb 2018 

    Father William Brewster,   b. 1535, Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1608, Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Mary Smythe,   b. 1535, Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1627, Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 1567  St. Wilfrid's Church, Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F886  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Wentworth,   b. Abt 1569, Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1627, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Married Bef 1593  Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Jonathan Brewster,   b. 12 Aug 1593, Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 1659, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    +2. Patience Brewster,   b. Abt 1600, Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1634, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 34 years)
    +3. Fear Brewster,   b. Abt 1606, Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1634, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 28 years)
     4. Son Brewster,   b. Abt 1609, Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jun 1609, Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
    +5. Love Brewster,   b. Abt 1611, Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1650, Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 39 years)
     6. Wrestling Brewster,   b. Abt 1614, Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1627, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 13 years)
    Last Modified 16 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F894  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1566 - Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Bef 1593 - Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Apr 1644 - Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 13 Apr 1644 - Burial Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsInitiatory (LDS) - 7 Sep 1894 - SGEOR Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    Brewster, Elder William likeness
    Brewster, Elder William likeness

    Documents
    Brewster, Elder William 17th Century Documents
    Brewster, Elder William 17th Century Documents

    Headstones
    Brewster, Elder William
    Brewster, Elder William

    Histories
    Brewster, Elder William Life Sketch
    Brewster, Elder William Life Sketch

  • Notes 
    • SOURCE: Jones, Emma C. Brewster (The Brewster genealogy, 1566-1907)

      SOURCE: Robert Charles Anderson, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA).

      SOURCE: Barbara Lambert Merrick, (General Society of Mayflower Descendants).

      William Brewster was born about 1566, the son of William Brewster. He was educated in both Greek and Latin and spent some time at Cambridge University, although he never completed a full degree. He went into the service of William Davison, then Secretary of State, while his father back home maintained a position as the postmaster of Scrooby, Nottinghamshire. Under Davison, Brewster first traveled to the Netherlands. After Davison was removed as Secretary of State by Queen Elizabeth, Brewster worked himself into his father's postmaster duties and maintained Scrooby Manor. Brewster was instrumental in establishing a Separatist church with Richard Clyfton, and they often held their meetings in the Manor house. Brewster and the others were eventually found and forced out, and fleeing prosecution and persecution they headed to Amsterdam in 1608, and moved to Leiden, Holland in 1609. Brewster became the church's Elder, responsible for seeing that the congregation's members carried themselves properly, both helping and admonishing them when necessary.
      In Leiden, Brewster working with Thomas Brewer, Edward Winslow, and others, began working a printing press and publishing religious books and pamphlets that were then illegally conveyed into England. Brewster also employed himself teaching University of Leiden students English. By 1618, the English authorities were onto him and his printing press, and had the Dutch authorities in pursuit of him. Thomas Brewer was arrested and held in the University of Leiden's prison, but Brewster managed to evade the authorities and went into hiding for a couple years.
      When the Leiden church congregation decided to send the first wave of settlers to establish a colony that everyone could eventually move to, their pastor John Robinson decided to remain behind in Leiden with the majority of the congregation, intending to come later. The smaller group that went on the Mayflower desired the next highest ranking church official, Elder Brewster, to go with them; so he agreed. He brought his wife Mary and two youngest children, Love and Wrestling, on the Mayflower with him.
      Brewster continued his work as Church Elder throughout his life at Plymouth Colony. His wife Mary died in 1627, and he never remarried. He lived to be nearly 80 years old, dying in 1644. His estate inventory lists the titles of several hundred books that he owned. Shortly after he died, William Bradford wrote a short but concise biography of Brewster in his history Of Plymouth Plantation, though he erroneously filed it under 1643 instead of 1644.